The Executive Director (ED) is responsible for the overall
success of the BCRC and for developing organizational goals,
operating plans, policies, and short-term and long-range
objectives. The ED manages overall operations by directing and
coordinating activities consistent with the organization's mission,
values, and strategic plan. The ED will manage and supervise staff
and work closely with the BCRC Board. He/she ensures that internal
operations and external activities comply with applicable laws,
contracts, and regulations. In addition, the ED will provide
leadership to BCRC regarding its mission, vision, long-range and
short-term goals, and strategic planning.
The Breast Cancer Resource Center (BCRC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit
organization based in Austin, Texas, provides support to
individuals diagnosed with breast cancer. BCRC strives to embody
understanding while preserving the patient’s dignity by always
seeing the individual as well as the disease.
Prior to the 1990’s, a woman with breast cancer had very little
help available to her in Central Texas. There was no one to help
her cope with the fact she had cancer. No one to provide proof that
she, too, could get through the experience. From within this
reality, two women, Ann and Sherry, who were in the midst of
treatment formed a bond through their shared experience and it soon
became undeniable that having the support of someone who understood
what they were going through was huge.
In 1995, these women teamed up with several others (two nurses
and a social worker among them) and founded the BCRC. Starting with
a helpline and a support group they formed a "database" of
survivors who could encourage other women. The training was simple
and focused on how to be a good listener, how to provide
understanding, and how to communicate hope.
For the past 27 years, BCRC has been dedicated to supporting and
improving the lives of those touched by breast cancer and has
become much more than a volunteer helpline. As treatment for breast
cancer gets more sophisticated, it also becomes more complex.
Today, BCRC assists in overcoming obstacles related to accessing
screening and treatment services, adhering to treatment plans, and
confronting the issues that affect the patient’s quality of
Through it all, BCRC’s goal has remained the same - help
individuals diagnosed with breast cancer chart a course and find
their way forward - in the way that’s right for them.
Governance and Finances
The BCRC is governed by a 14-member Board of Directors (Board) and
administered by a five-member executive team. The Board serves in
an advisory capacity and works closely with the Executive Director
to develop, review, and approve all strategic planning, budgets,
and operational policies of the organization. Currently, the
BCRC has a $1.7 million annual operating budget and is in solid
Guidance and Education
The BCRC is a place where patients can ask questions, explore
options, and connect with a diverse community of survivors, lifers,
and thrivers who can relate in a way no one else can. BCRC
offers patients a variety of support options aimed at answering
questions and providing a safe environment in which patients can
make informed decisions about their care. In addition to video
resources, support groups, physician, and healthcare profession
forums, BCRC offers a dynamic staff of Patient Navigators. These
individuals, who are breast cancer survivors and also Certified
Community Health Workers through the Texas Department of State
Health Services, serve as a patient’s one-on-one personal breast
cancer guide providing individualized care from diagnosis through
treatment and into survivorship.
Donations received from BCRC’s supporters and partners enable the
organization to offer patient navigation and support programs free
of charge to anyone affected by breast cancer regardless of income,
ethnicity, education, sexual orientation, or social support.
BCRC’s signature fundraising event, Art Bra® Austin, raises over
$700,000 annually and celebrates the amazing women who survive
breast cancer. Every year, Austin’s talented community of artists,
designers, and jewelers submit their original works of wearable art
to be showcased by Art Bra® Austin Models who are breast cancer
survivors and clients of BCRC.
The Executive Director (ED)
is responsible for the overall success of the BCRC and for
developing organizational goals, operating plans, policies, and
short-term and long-range objectives. The ED manages overall
operations by directing and coordinating activities consistent with
the organization's mission, values, and strategic plan. The ED will
manage and supervise staff and work closely with the BCRC Board.
He/she ensures that internal operations and external activities
comply with applicable laws, contracts, and regulations. In
addition, the ED will provide leadership to BCRC regarding its
mission, vision, long-range and short-term goals, and strategic
- Lead the continued visionary development of the BCRC, engaging
staff, Board, client communities, and other stakeholders in service
- Attract, supervise, develop, and retain a dedicated and
appropriately skilled staff.
- Promote and maintain a culture within the BCRC that effectively
engages staff in its mission-driven work and sets the tone for
positive interactions with BCRC donors, funders, partners,
volunteers, clients, and the surrounding community.
- Maintain BCRC’s visibility and leadership role among breast
cancer services organizations and coordinate its work with other
groups working in the cancer services area.
- Ensure the organization’s financial health and stability
through sound financial planning and management, including
preparation of budgets, oversight of financial systems and internal
controls, and compliance with contractual and grant requirements
and funder expectations.
- Work with the organization’s professional development team to
maintain and grow a diversified resource development program of
individual and corporate gifts and sponsorships, foundation grants,
government grants, and contracts.
Personnel & Operations
- Design, lead and implement plans for organizational
- Hire, train, coach, supervise, and retain staff, including
developing job descriptions and performance standards and
monitoring work activities.
- Foster a positive work culture that champions positive
relationships and high morale, courageous conversations,
entrepreneurial thinking, collaboration, personal accountability,
diversity, and self-care.
- Draft and implement personnel policies and procedures to
support day-to-day operations.
- Develop performance standards; establish clear goals and
direction for staff according to BCRC’s mission and vision.
- Conduct and oversee performance evaluations.
- Review, negotiate, and sign off on all agreements and
partnerships made on behalf of the organization.
- Directly manage the Director of Operations, Chief Development
Officer, and Chief Program Officer.
- Create an environment that fosters excellent performance by
demonstrating a high level of integrity, work ethic, and commitment
to meeting deadlines and other work-related obligations.
- Enhance employee performance by motivating, coaching,
mentoring, rewarding, and addressing performance concerns as
- Ensure staff opportunities for professional growth.
- Effectively manage staff by providing clear expectations,
constructive feedback, and challenging assignments.
- Recruit, hire, develop, and terminate staff; oversee
performance evaluations, salary adjustments, organizational
structure, and personnel policy changes.
Program & Financial Management
- Ensure BCRC has a long-range strategy that makes consistent and
timely progress toward achieving its mission.
- Provide leadership in working with the Board and staff to
develop programs and organizational and financial plans, and
implement the plans and policies authorized by the Board.
- Ensure the organization employs sound financial and
- Work with the Treasurer and Board in preparing an annual budget
and ensuring the organization’s financial integrity.
- Prudently manage the organization’s resources budget guidelines
according to current laws and regulations.
- Keep the Board fully informed on all crucial factors
influencing the condition of BCRC.
- Maintain official records and documents and ensure compliance
with federal, state, and local laws and regulations
- Implement best practices and sound strategy to ensure
appropriate management of BCRC resources.
- Grow, maintain, and support Board recruitment and
- Motivate, guide, and hold the Board accountable to establish,
evaluate, and meet organizational goals.
- Attend Board meetings and provide reports and updates that
support Board members in decision-making.
- Maintain consistent communication and collaborative
relationships with Board members.
- Obtain approval for budgets, public relations, fundraising, and
sponsor opportunities as appropriate.
- Raise the profile of BCRC by actively and effectively
representing the organization to the medical community, clients,
funders, community leaders, and the community at large, and
implement sound advocacy, marketing, and public relations
- Cultivate relationships with community stakeholders, allies,
and community partners.
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
- An innovative leader who leads by example, hiring competent
self-starters and displaying cooperation, creative thinking, and a
willingness to invest in big ideas with calculated risk.
- An exceptional and inspiring communicator, in both written and
oral communication, whether addressing audiences in large
conferences, public venues, fundraising events, or in one-on-one
- An engaged, open, and communicative manager whose collaborative
style fosters workplace excellence and mutual staff support.
- A service-oriented person who empowers colleagues, staff, and
the community by virtue of her/his knowledge, experience,
creativity, vision, and dedication to the mission of the BCRC.
- An entrepreneurial leader with a unifying style of leadership
that promotes innovation and the generation of new and creative
ideas and builds trust and credibility among the entire team.
- At least five years of senior management experience, preferably
in a nonprofit environment; ED or CEO experience preferred.
- Minimum five years of experience in fiscal management and
oversight, including budget development, cash flow, and fund
- Three years of experience proactively working with a
- Experience as a cancer services advocate or a deep
understanding of issues faced by individuals with cancer and their
families is highly desirable.
- Experience in public relations/marketing, grant writing, and
drafting organizational policies and procedures preferred.
- Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, Google, Salesforce, and
social media platforms.
- Skills & Knowledge
- Knowledge of business and management principles involved in
strategic planning, resource allocation, human resource modeling,
leadership techniques, and coordination and motivation of people
- Effective fundraising and storytelling skills and the ability
to speak persuasively and represent BCRC at community gatherings,
meetings, and donor events.
- Demonstrated ability to establish credibility with funders,
granting organizations, and the community.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills and the
capability to convey information in a clear, concise manner.
- Proven effectiveness as a public speaker.
- Strong planning and organizing proficiencies that allow one to
manage multiple projects effectively in a results-oriented
- Proven organizational skills including a talent for managing
multiple tasks and projects simultaneously, meeting deadlines, and
producing high-quality results rapidly.
- Understanding of principles and procedures for personnel
recruitment, selection, and training.
- A hardworking individual who fully dedicates her/his energy to
a cause and is willing to “go beyond the job description,”
including extending extra effort when necessary to see projects to
- A strong community builder and networker who develops authentic
relationships with ease and uses opportunities to connect people
with similar goals and aspirations.
- An empathetic and compassionate individual with a warm and
- One who listens to and considers others’ ideas before deciding
on a course of action.
- A results-oriented person who also recognizes the importance of
team building and unites BCRC’s employees and volunteers in pursuit
of a common goal.